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2010 Lotus T127 - Click above for high-res image gallery. Follow the jump to watch video.

After 15 years, one of the most successful names in Formula One returns to the grid with the launch of the Lotus T127. Note that we said "name," not necessarily "team," since Lotus F1 Racing is not officially affiliated with Group Lotus, the carmaker and engineering firm. There is a somewhat tenuous relationship, since the team that began as Litespeed is largely backed by the Malaysian government, and Malaysian automaker Proton owns Lotus. The team actually acquired the rights to the Lotus name for F1 racing purposes from David Hunt, brother of the late world champion, James Hunt.

While the team is new, it's staffed by F1 vets, including technical director Mike Gascoyne and drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen. Lotus F1 Racing also operates out of the Racing Technology Norfolk (RTN) facility where the 2003 Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 8 was developed and built.

There's an upside to the relative lack of major sponsors for the reborn Lotus racing team: the car is liveried in the traditional green and yellow colors used up until the late 1960s. Just as those late-'60s Lotus Type 49s introduced the Cosworth DFV to F1, the T127 will be one of several cars using the latest Cosworth V8 this year. Hopefully, things work out better than the last time we saw Lotus on the track. Fans can follow the team at its new website, http://www.lotusracing.my. There's a video of the T127's first shakedown run at Silverstone after the jump.

  • Lotus T127 Launch Royal Horticultural Hall, London, UK 12th February 2010. Photo: Copyright Free - Lotus F1 ref: Digital Image _MG_9734
  • Lotus T127 Launch Royal Horticultural Hall, London, UK 12th February 2010. Photo: Copyright Free - Lotus F1 ref: Digital Image _G7C1682
  • Lotus T127 Launch Royal Horticultural Hall, London, UK 12th February 2010. Photo: Copyright Free - Lotus F1 ref: Digital Image _G7C1667
  • Lotus T127 Launch Royal Horticultural Hall, London, UK 12th February 2010. Photo: Copyright Free - Lotus F1 ref: Digital Image _MG_9702

[Source: Lotus F1 Racing]



12 February 2010

Lotus Racing today unveiled its 2010 challenger, the Lotus Cosworth T127, at a glittering event in London's Royal Horticultural Hall. Team Principal Tony Fernandes was joined on stage by Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne and drivers Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen and Fairuz Fauzy to take the wraps off the car in front of a 500 strong live audience.

As the lights came up the car's stunning green and yellow livery was seen for the first time, striking an emotional chord with both young and old alike and evoking memories of some of motor racing's most iconic moments in an entirely contemporary fashion.

Tony Fernandes gave his thoughts on the astonishing achievement the Lotus Racing team has accomplished in launching the car just five short months since the team was granted its entry to the FIA Formula One World Championships, saying: "I am extremely proud to be here today and to be able to show the world the fruits of the team's hard work over the last five months. It's humbling for me and my fellow shareholders, Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin to see how a team that five months ago didn't even exist is now a thriving workforce, full of enthusiasm and passion for Lotus Racing and the challenges ahead and capable of producing such a beautiful machine in such a short time. "Now we've achieved two major milestones; confirming our entry and unveiling our car, but now the real work starts. Next we move on to testing and the season ahead and I'm confident that the team will exceed expectations wherever we go, and will do so on a wave of support around the world that has been growing daily since we first unleashed Lotus Racing back in September '09."

Mike Gascoyne added his thoughts, saying "The last few months have been some of the most challenging of my career, but it's been a challenge the whole team and I have thrived on since we first started work on the car up in Norfolk. I'm delighted that we've reached this point, and now we have a beautiful car that gives us a great base to work from for the season ahead and a fighting chance of going racing in the right way, with a winning mentality. The hard part starts now, and I know everyone in the team and I are up for whatever lies ahead."

The Lotus Racing T127 is powered by Cosworth and will use an Xtrac gearbox and, in line with all 2010 teams, will be running on Bridgestone tyres.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      A life long Lotus fan. Not crazy about their driver lineup though. My knock on Heikki is he doesn't log enough in race seat time. He is very fast though. Jarno is just a journeyman, his best racing is behind him. He will log the miles though, which could help with the development of the car.

      If Heikki can keep the car on track, he will consistently outperform Jarno.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the somewhat retro looks of this f1 car... I dont mean super retro by def not like the super uber new ones out their... Lotus wears it well
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very mixed feelings about this.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Meh, the Brawn GP cars looked pretty plain last year. Didn't seem to hurt them any.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm also mixed about how simple this car looks. Can the simplistic surfaces that lack the subtle details of the more established teams be a winner? Is this a solid example of what F1 teams start with before they start their detailing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know what you mean. This feels more like 'Proton goes racing' than anything to do with the real guys behind Lotus. I think that this venture can only go wrong for the Lotus image in general.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey guys, i'm going to the F1 test on Wednesday in Jerez, Spain. I'll report back on this thread wjth my first hand thoughts of the Lotus. It will be on track supposedly for the first time on Wed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unlucky green eh?

      *knock on wood*
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see Lotus back. Was a sad day when they left the last time, even if they were backmarkers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the video looks like it was made by Top Gear, same type of intro
      • 5 Years Ago
      I seriously just got goosebumps reading the title of the article.
      First thing that ran thru my mind were the sounds of the Lotus 38s, 72s, 77s, & 78s.

      • 5 Years Ago
      at :44 sec I almost busted
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm just leaving this on my way out the door...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, this is off-topic, but after delaying it for weeks and changing the airtime of the Grand-Am Continental race twice today, Speed finally aired it and I caught it. It was a good race.

      There were 70+ cars, including Mustangs with the new 5.0 (they call the Boss 302), Camaros and Challengers! The BMW M3 V8s (E92s) looked good out there too, probably too good. Plus there were two (although I only saw one) BMW MINIs out there, they even almost held their own on the 3/4 mile high bank high-speed section.

      As an interesting note, the announcers said the Boss 302 was having problems with reduced power after 6-8 hard laps in a row. Sounds like Ford has a few more bugs to work out before streeting that engine (which I presume they will, that's part of the reason to go racing!).

      Looks like it should be a fun season, I can't wait to see the rest. It's too bad SPEED hides it.

      Since I'm going off-topic, I might as well go way off topic. If you want to see some good road racing, find a re-run of the 2010 British Touring Car Championship on SPEED, the final weekend at Brands Hatch (the first weekend is at Brands Hatch too, but SPEED is showing the final weekend right now). The championship is decided that weekend, and the competition is fierce. Jason Plato has to win all 3 races to even have a chance at winning the championship, so he has a plenty of reason to race as hard as possible. It's good stuff, and only an hour of your life (minus commercials if you skip them), I highly recommend it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I set my DVR for it and truck racing was on instead. I found it late in the night last night but missed most of it...was very upset
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car is fairly simple against some of the other more modern designs. But I really like the paint scheme. Good to see a green paint job since Jaguar racing left a few years ago.
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